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The nucleons reactor core called a power capsule in nucleon speak was designed to last 5000 miles between exchanges.

Ford nucleon car. Such hot swaps no pun intended would be performed by the modern equivalent of a. The design did not include an internal combustion engine rather the vehicle was to be powered by a small nuclear reactor in the rear of the vehicle based. Fords nucleon concept wearing current livery.

Although it was just a scale model ford wanted to show that you could in theory based on scientific knowledge at the time power a car with steam and uranium fission. A car that could do 5000 miles before refuelling. The mid 1950s were a time of boundless optimism in the united states.

Fords nucleon concept wearing current livery. Scientists had harnessed the limitless and presumed safe power of the atom and in 1954 the united states navy launched the worlds first nuclear powered submarine the uss nautilusunder president eisenhowers atoms for peace. Rear view of the ford nucleon showing the modular atomic power cell.

The nucleons central design concept was a removable power module power cell in ford lingo between the rear wheels which would presumably house the nuclear reactor steam turbine transmission and final drive unit. Cars such as the nucleon illustrate the extent to which research into the future is conducted at ford motor company and point up the designers unwillingness to admit that a thing cannot be done simply because it has not been done. It might sound like a dream but it could have become a reality with the ford nucleon.

Except that it was nuclear powered. Images courtesy ford motor company. The concept was only demonstrated as a scale model.

It sounds like a nuclear experiment and funnily enough thats exactly what the ford nucleon was. The ford nucleon is a concept car developed by ford in 1957 designed as a future nuclear powered car one of a handful of such designs during the 1950s and 60s. Images courtesy ford motor company.

The ford nucleon concept car with optional tailfins ford never produced a working prototype nevertheless the nucleon remains an icon of the atomic age. The ford nucleon was a scale model concept car developed by ford motor company in 1958 as a design on how a nuclear powered car might look.

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